Chamberlab Vexations benefiting ACLU of Arizona

    December 2, 2017 @ 8:00 am – December 3, 2017 @ 12:00 am
    Maynards Market & Kitchen
    400 N Toole Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85701

    “We’re playing Erik Satie’s VEXATIONS 840 times in a row to benefit the ACLU of Arizona, and we need your help!  Hosted by Chamberlab.

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    We begin at 8:00 AM at Hotel Congress, and we play for twelve hours, and then, at 8:00 PM, we march in grand style, still playing, across the street to Maynards Market for the final four-hour stretch and celebration. That’s a sixteen-hour Satie marathon to benefit the ACLU of Arizona!

    If you are a MUSICIAN, you’re welcome to sign up for a spot in the orchestra! Just sign up to play the piece as many times as you possibly can!

    If you are a SUPPORTER, you’ll sign up to sponsor a musician to play the piece as many times as they can. It’s like a charity walk-a-thon, but with MUSIC instead of MILES.

    Every dime raised goes to benefit the ACLU of Arizona!

    Please go to to get involved in this historic performance for a worthy cause!

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Well done Chamberlab. 36 plus musicians volunteered their time to play Satie’s “Vexations” 840 times to finish by midnight at Maynard’s Kitchen. Champagne and a celebration followed. I dropped by twice at high noon and 8 p.m. to witness this marathon of music. Various musicians were playing at those times on keyboard, bass, guitar, bassoon, trumpet, flute whistle, mandolin, cello. Wow. $9500 raised for the ACLU of Arizona.


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